• Chicago Sinfonietta, for the Project Inclusion Conductor Fellowship, a new program identifying, mentoring, and giving early-career diverse conductors a comprehensive and practical educational experience, including significant time in front of live musicians under the guidance of accomplished and experienced conductors. Chicago Sinfonietta Music Director Mei-Ann Chen conceived of the program, which is an expansion of the group’s exisiting program for diverse early-career musicians, Initiative Project Inclusion.  Chen, who met with many barriers on her path to the podium due to her age, race, and gender, will work directly with the fellows throughout the course of the program, discussing both musical and off-the-podium issues, critiquing conducting sessions, and participating in mock auditions.  The fellows will attend five, two-day boot camp sessions over nine months, working with a diverse list of faculty members.
  • Central Ohio Symphony, to expand its new criminal justice program utilizing drumming circles to engage court-involved adolescents and adults with substance use disorders and/or mental illnesses.  This year, the program will add adults in the Delaware Municipal Mental Health Docket and adult therapy at program partner Maryhaven, a local nonprofit treatment provider, as well as continuing to work with the Delaware County Juvenile Court.  The program’s goal is to help juvenile offenders and adults gain control over their illness and/or substance disorder, take responsibility for their offense and their personal development, and reconnect as healthier individuals with their families and community. Each interactive session is led by Symphony musicians and a treatment counselor, all trained in therapeutic drum circle facilitation. Sessions take place every two weeks, with each session 50 minutes long. The length of the juvenile program is nine months to one year, and, for adults, up to two years.